Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Strokes occur when the brain doesn’t get the oxygen it needs. There are two classifications of strokes and the treatment may be different depending on the underlying cause of the stroke. A stroke can be hemorrhagic or ischemic. An ischemic stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is blocked. A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. Strokes require immediate medical attention. The sooner patients are treated for a stroke, the more likely they are to survive and have a better quality of life after the stroke.
We strive to provide high quality healthcare to all of our patients. In an effort to reach our goal of The Best Patient Experience, we collect data about our patients, their treatments and their outcomes. This data helps us to understand what we’re doing that is working and where we might need to improve our practices for the best possible patient outcomes.
Our quality measures related to stroke are:
- Prevention of blood clots in stroke patients
- Medication given to ischemic stroke patients at discharge to prevent recurrence of stroke
- Stroke patients with atrial fibrillation prescribed medication at discharge to prevent future strokes
- Stroke treatment started in a timely manner
- Medication to prevent blood clots for stroke patients timely
- Cholesterol reducing medication prescribed to stroke patients at discharge
- Education for stroke patients and families provided
- Evaluation of stroke patients for rehabilitation care